Last Saturday my group, Queen City Paranormal investigated the Wilton Town Hall Theatre in Wilton, NH. We invited our friends from the Maine Paranormal Society as well, and were very thankful for them making the two hour drive to help us out.
(from bottom left: Holly (MPS), Ashleigh (QCP), Me (QCP), Bill (QCP) Top Left: JJ (MPS), Sophia (MPS), Jim (MPS), Darin (QCP), Chris (QCP).)
Jim's signature bunny ear picturebr>
Dennis, who runs and maintains the theater, gave us a very warm welcome and gave us a rundown on the extensive history of the building. Before being built, a hotel existed on the property, which later burned, killing a young boy named Henry. In 1883, the building as it is today was built, and over the years has been used as a vaudeville playhouse, silent film house, police station, fire station, and is now being used as a movie theater and town hall (downstairs).
We set up two infrared cameras on the balcony of the main theater, overlooking the room. Activity in this room consists of apparitions of a tall, skinny man and short, plump woman, heavy footsteps and whispers. We then set up an IR camera pointing down the stairs, where Henry is said to walk up and down, looking for his parents.
We also set up two motion detectors on the landing of the stairs and some toys for Henry to play with. The last IR camera was set up in the clock tower, in the attic of the building. Teams were then rotated between the clock tower, main theater balcony, main theater, smaller theater, and downstairs (consisting of the old jail cells and town offices).
Before starting the investigation, a member of MPS was using the bathroom and heard a woman's voice whisper close to his ear.
Main theater balcony: I had put a flashlight (the kind with the button on one end) on the railing of the balcony and it suddenly turned on on its own. This actually took us a minute to even realize because Bill was sitting behind me at the time, and I thought he had turned on his flashlight.
Main theater: Ashleigh, Chris, and Darin were investigating in this room and could hear whispers and thought they could make out shadows darting throughout the theater. One passed so close in front of Ashleigh's face that she jumped up and walked to the back of the room. While Jim, JJ, and Sophia were investigating, they noticed that the curtain was swaying. They searched the area for any kind of air vents or open windows, but found no reason for this to happen.
Small theater: While Holly, Bill, and I were investigating in this room, our MEL pulled a nutty on us. For some reason, it was reading the temperature at over 100 degrees F, when it was roughly around 75. At one point, the temperature shot up to 185 degrees. We're not sure if this was a fluke thing and may have been caused by a low battery, but it was very odd. We used a separate thermometer to compare, but it read 75 degrees, so we kind of threw the MEL reading out as anything paranormal.
These pictures aren't very clear, but show the MEL reading the temperature as 116.6 degrees.
We also had a couple of k2 hits, but they didn't seem to follow any pattern or interact with any of our questions or instructions. A loud whisper was also heard by both Holly and I (seated on opposite sides of the theater). While Jim, Sophia, and JJ were investigating, they received about four k2 hits, also not following any clear pattern that they could find. Their K2 was also on a different end of the theater than we had had ours.
I am about halfway done reviewing our audio, but haven't found anything that has really jumped out at me. I marked a couple places where I need to load the audio on the computer and enhance the sound, but I'm leaning toward us not finding any substantial evps for the night. MPS will be reviewing the video soon and I will post any findings that they might have, as well as any evps they might have caught. I'm hoping to at least see the moving curtain on video.
Haunted?: We didn't come to any concrete decisions this time around, but we agree with Dennis that if there is something here, it is definitely residual and definitely harmless. Dennis said that we are welcome back any time and we look forward to spending at least a couple more nights at the theater. All in all, it was a very fun investigation and we enjoyed getting to spend time with MPS again.
And now for some pictures of Ashleigh and I horsing around on the cannons during one of our breaks: